About Momma

Now 82-years-old on February 22 and I'm still on the right side of the grass.. Mother of two sons and one daughter (Bloggers SEB and Cindyisms are two of them). I'm Grandmother of three. I have lived with my daughter for nine months now and she hasn't kicked me out yet. I stay active with household chores,and feeding my zoo. (3 cats, 1 dog, and 2 birds.) Retired after 29 years+ at Michigan Bell Telephone and ten+ years with The Oakland Press. I was active with the telephone company union and a Dale Carnegie graduate. I work at crocheting, knitting, making ornaments, and other projects. I do a little canning. I trained with the Michigan Bell Clown troupe and then I was a clown doing parades, parties, and picnics for about 15 years. My other passions are music from the 50s through the 80s, reading, birds, flowers, my pets, big cats, and of course blogging!

April Showers Yep Their Coming!

The third of April with a promise of rain at 2 pm but right now it is 44 degrees so that means if I am going outside for a while it will have to be this morning.  I have come to look forward to the outside feeling, sitting on the swing (sometimes with Brandy), and just watching the birds.

Yesterday The Mourning doves were on the ground  at both feeders cooing as they ate. The Black- Capped Chickadee is a daily visitor to the feeders.  Two Robins also marched along the fence checking for worms.  A female Cardinal visited the feeder but the male was absent. I have what I think is a Common Grackle  that comes to the feeder almost every day but I can’t be sure yet.

As to the very little visitors I have yet not had time to identify them but I’l keep watching.  Next more decorations for outside.

This is on our side door to greet visitors

On the front is this beauty

Both of these above items came from my old home but they are doing a fine job here.

This appears on the inside of the side door.

Well that is a few more items of the many that are waiting to have you see them.

Well Saturday morning Cindy, David, and I went to see Beauty And The Beast.  This is the first time in many years that I have stepped inside a movie theater.  I enjoyed the movie. I felt that it was very well done and would recommend it to everyone.

Well my friend I haven’t yet written my fridge message for the day but I will get at it when I start feeding the zoo.  Have a great day and an even better month.


Got Plans!

Well it is almost good afternoon.  The message on the fridge today is this

Gray, wet, cold, go back to bed day if I ever saw one. But I won’t

This is in the archway to the living room.

Both windsocks are adding to the decorations but one is hiding something.

This poor fellow disappeared when the socks went up.

But you can’t always have top billing when the director is not up to snuff on the project. Just bare with me and we will continue on shortly.

In the meantime I did work some more on one of  the arm covers for the sectional. This well take a little than I thought but I will get them done.

The carnations are still hanging in there ( like carnations do) so they will live to see at least another day.

Well April is almost here and we are planning the yard improvement.  Under consideration is raised beds in the corner out front.  Maybe a Firebush because they grow quickly, spread well and turn  a lovely color in the Fall. More flowers that mature during the Summer and into the Fall are needed also. Do you have any plans for your yard this Summer?

Hey who is that stranger taking pictures out there?

She looks a little familiar




Start The Day

5 am with only one more day to go before March slips into history.  What am I doing up at 5 am –beats the devil out of me.  but I am and the urge to lay back down is gone.  What to do?  Start my laundry, wash the overnight dishes, set up the Keurig, and visit with you.  I can also work on this.

The cover for one arm of the sectional.

After this is complete I will have one more to make for the other arm on the other piece of the sectional.Then the crochet hook will lay dormant for a while.

The forecast for today is light rain ( no time on the swing today) nothing over the very low 40s all day.  It is 31 degrees with a wind of 9 mph right now.  Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time on the swing enjoying a little crocheting, .keeping Brandy company, and watching the birds at the feeders.

This little butterfly landed on the bathroom mirror after I decluttered the front kitchen/dining room window.

Another one also displaced was this.

This bunny landed on my bedroom mirror.

Just another thing for this old lady to smile at in the morning when it is pill taking time.

New messages on the pad on the fridge.

After my grand daughter, Courtney, left a message here on my birthday I decided I would try my hand at it. Today’s message is rain today no place to play.  Just something else to think about and  Cindy seems to enjoy it.

Cindy left for work at 5:30 this morning so every thing breathing except me is still sleeping.

Well time to transfer my laundry and get on with my day.  Yes I will sneak in a nap this afternoon so I can make it through the day. Hope you have a great day.



I Remember

41 degrees,wind 8 mph, mostly cloudy (meaning no sunshine yet), with a promise of 50 degrees between 4 and 6 pm.  For me that means a little time outside on the swing.

I finished the second cover for the sectional last night now I have the two arm covers to crochet ( I have one started),  I had bought two twin blankets for covers to use during the party last fall and have to decided to use one on the ups a daisy chair.  This will complete the sand colored covers for all three pieces.  (Picture to follow later.)

Most of the Easter decorations are in place. One example is:

The front window in the Kitchen/dining room area.

This has since been modified to cut down on the clutter.  Some of the stickers have been moved to mirrors throughout the house.  There will be pictures of all the decorations as Easter approaches.

My mouth is slowly healing and I am using my lower partial to obtain chewing area on the right side of my mouth.  Once the extraction area is healed I will check into what can be done to correct the problem losing that tooth has caused

Thursday I need to wish (my third son as I think of him ) a very Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Both my daughter(Cindy) and son ( Wesley) are working a lot of extra hours so I don’t get time to spend with them.

My other son (Lesley with wife Anne) are waiting to see if their purchase of a house is oked.  This had been a desire of Les’ for several years so It is important to them that it does. For me it would mean no stairs to  climb which was a deterrent to past visits.

Well it is 10 am and the zoo is beginning to let itself be known so I have to start feeding soon. You know when this time comes some days a memory of standing in the backyard (as a youngster)  throwing  chicken feed around the ground and filling the water containers flashes back to me. We also had ducks and one goose named Junior who would strike at you anytime you weren’t looking.  ( I hadn’t thought of that in 70 years).

Have a great week and let me know how you are doing!

Such Is Life

It is the 25th day of March which is gray, wet, and rainy . This is a good time to empty my desktop of a few pictures.  By the way the temperature is 42 degrees, and the wind is 9 mph.  Today I’m working on pictures of the outside.

That little fellow loves to climb the swing and dare me to chase it away.

There are about a half a dozen of these critters now and they run between our yard and the house across the street.  Brandy must have had a bad moment with them because she isn’t interested in trying to chase them away.

I visited McDaniel”s farm market while I was up in Otisville yesterday.  I saw the owner, got a hug,  and I bought some things to bring back home with me.  Dave had a three hook shepherd”s  pole which is ideals for the backyard.

The bus(nesting box, the cabin seed holder (both a birthday gift from the Cox family) took up two hooks leaving the third one for the Humming bird feeder which will go up the first of May.

While at McDaniel’s I also picked up two of these to go inside the fence at the side gate.

Yep they are Lilac bushes and they already have buds on them. 

The swing is back in place and Brandy and I tried it out Thursday.

The wind storm had blown it off the blocks and the seat was too low to the ground but David got it back in place.  Now all I need is for the rain to go away and I can sit and get pictures of the birds at the feeders.

Now for the reason I was up in Otisville on Friday.  I had been having trouble with one of the teeth holding the right side of my lower partial.  An x ray revealed  infection around the root of the tooth.  Well Infection in the teeth area can spread to other parts of the body so I had no choice but to have it pulled.   This resulted in oral surgery which lasted over an hour in the chair.  But the difficult part is facing the next two months with nothing to hook the partial to on that side.  The DDS said I might be able to use the partial after the extraction heals so I can at lest chew on my right side. How we will correct the situation will cost money, time, and patience but I will handle it. For right now it is soup, cottage cheese, yogurt, and things you can soften by dipping them in hot coffee. But such is life.


Simple Things Please Simple Minds

I guess my is pretty simple!

Well the wearing of the green is packed away for another year and we have started collecting Easter decor.  While hunting for items today I ran across this

Just the thing to sit on my desk and make me smile.

The light make the butterfly move.

David took pictures of our visitors at the backyard feeder the other day.

The Robin, the Cardinal and the Downy woodpecker

Well Spring is here and not a moment too soon.

I will try to get some pictures with my camera in the next few days.

I missed my flowers so I bought some today

$7.00 dollars is worth the smile and happy thoughts they bring me.

Well I know it is early but here is the new flag.

Other things will be coming along soon.]

I hope all is going well for you and yours.  I’ll be back with more decor and happy thoughts.

What A Difference……

…..a day makes.

A couple of days ago.

Th9is morning.

It is 32 degrees, partly sunny and little wind today.  It is suppose to get into the lower 40s this afternoon.

Yesterday David saw a Downy Woodpecker, a male and female Cardinal, and a Robin just after the snow had put another layer down.   Yep It is close to Sp;ring time.  (I’m going to have to get my camera out there for the feather party.)

Friday I tried to put 7 pounds of Sh** in a five pound bag.  No actually it was  a 3+ pounds of beef roast into the slow cooker with vegetables and couldn’t get the top to close tight.  I finally transferred the roast to the oven and left the vegetable in the cooker.  Despite all that fuss this is the results

It was tasty but a little bit dry.

Those are fingerling potatoes with the onions and carrots.

Lily watches all the kitchen activity with great interest.

Well last night was Bunco night again. (my second time).  It started out with us waiting over a hour for a  late comer. (This ruined the night for me)  Nobody should be that important that a room full of women had to sit and wait.  I have kind of made up my mind that is my last outing to that event for quite a while.  The capper was Cindy was due into work at 10 pm and we were just leaving then.  ( I think I’ll try Bingo in the daytime instead)

Well Cindy worked all night and is sleeping now so it is be quiet time.  But when I got up this morning this was in my place,

You got to love a daughter who remembers your Sunday paper after working all night.

Well I have to feed the zoo so I’m off.  Have a great day better yet  a great  week!





More Reading Came In

Good afternoon on this sunny, no more snow day.  In fact it is melting and puddles of water are showing up every where.  This of course means nothing around here so I can’t get too excited.

I have just finished Arthur And Sherlock by Michael Sims.  It has been an exercise in how A. Conan Doyle came about creating the  Sherlock Holmes character.  I found it interesting but a little confusing at times.  Anyway it is now on the I read shelf.

Next I have selected Eoin Colfer’s novel And Another Thing.  Son Lesley bought it for me a few years back explaining I must finish Douglas Adam’s Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy first.  Well I never got through the book so I obtained the CD instead.  Now I put off listening to it for a few years but I finally finished it last week.  Now I will read Colfer’s novel that was written with Adam’s wife’s permission.

I’ll see how this one goes.

I’m half way through the AARP magazine for Feb./ March but I’ll finish that later.

My second issue Dell Express Fill It In Puzzles arrived today(Vol. 41).  So this will be started very soon.

As for my jewelry.

I sorted and bagged a lot of it. But I still have more to do.

I threw the remainder into a big zip lock bag  and I’ll go back to it later.

Well it is time to close and go get my messy nails done so good bye for now.

Earth Shattering? NO

One of those nights!  Up every 2 hours, visit the porcelain throne. crawl back in bed, wait to get warm, and nurse a headache that has plagued me all night.  Finally I got up at about 7:15 am to start my day when my legs started to send little messages that they would cramp up if I didn’t move.

By 9 am I had started Cindy’s laundry, stripped my bed, fed the zoo (except for Brandy), started the eggs to boil, started soaking the over night dishes, and drank my first cup of coffee. I had seen David off to therapy and Cindy to work.

It is clear, sunny, and 17 degrees outside. the wind is 14 mph.  The snow is holding well but the forecast doesn’t show any more for today.  I will probably Kroger’s later this morning because the the milk and cottage cheese are low.  Also the store has the ice cream Cindy is allowed on sale.

Well that is all the earth shattering news I have so I’m out of here.